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not doing the right things. and they have to understand that taking action immediately will save so many more people. >> of course. and no protocol in place. >> exactly. well, now to a developing story. another crackdown on occupy protesters. you're looking at live pictures from new york city's zuccotti park in lower manhattan. demonstrators were issued an eviction notice there overnight. they were told to pack up their tents and sleeping bags and leave. but they can return after the park is cleaned. hundreds of police in riot gear surrounded the park. there have been several arrests. in other news, police in washington are still hunting for a man suspected of firing shots near the white house. the incident happened last friday while the president was in california. the suspect is a 21-year-old man named oscar romero ortega. he hasn't been linked to any radical organizations, but ortega does have an arrest record in three states. well, just how serious about security are the organizers of next summer's olympic games in london? well, serious enough to follow beijing's lead from last time and deploy surface to air
missiles if necessary. britain's defense secretary confirmed that plan before parliament yesterday. the u.s. is sending a 1,000-person security force of its own, which will include 500 fbi agents. and stocks in asia are lower this morning as investors are still worried about europe's debt crisis. there are concerns that italy's economy will never grow strongly enough to ever repay its massive sites. a report from london. >> reporter: it's a new day in italian politics with a new leader, a professor in charge. they're already calling mario monti super mario, in the hopes that he can fix italy's broken economy. but investors are not yet convinced that either italy or greece can follow through with reforms that will avoid an eventual collapse. the new prime minister in greece, lucas papademos, unveils his plan in parliament to release more tough cuts. and organizers in athens are already pushing back, spreading
the word about new strikes and demonstrations. this bookstore opener says the people don't want the new government, "we will overturn them," he says. italy has a much bigger economy and bigger problems. $2.6 trillion of debt to start. and a former leader who's unwilling to go quietly. one day after handing in his resignation, silvio berlusconi was back on tv sunday night, vowing to stay in politics. berlusconi says he'll support the new government but he's also told his political allies they can pull the plug at any time. the economic stakes couldn't be higher. german chancellor angela merkel warned that if the shared currency, the euro, fails all of europe will fail. kelly coviella, abc news, london. and wedding bells will ring this spring for two american hikers who were held in an iranian prison. shara shourd and shane bauer are set to walk down the aisle in may according to bauer's mother.
bauer proposed to shourd while they were in prison. he made an impromptu ring out of threads from his shirt. a government crackdown on airlines leaving passengers stuck on the tarmac is having some unintended consequences. american eagle was fined $900,000 yesterday after it held passengers in 15 planes for hours in chicago a few months ago. but a new report found the crackdown is now associated with many more flight cancellations, which means the money will be spread across thousands of additional passengers. well, leave it to an airline to point out how much paid vacation time goes unused each year. a study commissioned by jetblue shows 57% of americans admit that they haven't used vacation time at the end of the year. most of them have an average of 11 vacation days they've not taken. that's nearly 70% of their paid time off. 39% admit they have trouble just asking for the time off. and if you have some time off, here are some cities you may like to visit. our tuesday forecast. severe stormds along the gulf coast. large hail and gusty winds in
houston, new orleans, and memphis. thunderstorms from nashville to cincinnati. showers from new england to washington, d.c. also, around orlando and southern oregon. >> mostly 50s from portland to albuquerque. 45 in the twin cities. 50 in omaha. and 62 in chicago. dallas climbs to 79. and miami 84. mid 60s in boston and new york. >> maybe you don't want to visit those places. okay. when you're talking about bears, one place you may not be so welcomed is detroit, home of the lions. >> but luckily, this story has nothing to do with football and everything to do with these little guys. they are orphaned brown bears who will soon be moving to the zoo in, you guessed it, detroit. >> all of them are just about a year old and around 110 pounds. once they get to the motor city, they can be expected to live at the zoo for the next three decades. so they're settling in. >> they're looking cute right now, but then they're going to be huge and big and -- well, maybe not vicious, but -- >> massive.
flames. ctv's alise hand has more. >> reporter: it's hardly recognizable. this is what remains of the iconic white point lodge in southern nova scotia. about 60 firefighters tried to tame the fire for over six hours. but despite their efforts, staff say the building is a complete loss. nancy and michael rogers were planning on getting married at the lodge. it didn't take long for the pair to realize their dream wedding wasn't going to happen at the lodge. but that didn't stop them from tying the knot. >> we still wanted to get married. if we had to get married on the side of the road, we were getting married on the side of the road. >> reporter: staff at white point were able to find another venue for the ceremony. the wedding was an hour late starting, but the couple say they're just happy they're married. olivier mason is a close friend of the pair. he was staying in the lodge when the fire broke out. he left with the clothes on his back. that's why today he's still wearing his suit. everything else he brought is gone. the lodge was the heart of the
resort. inside it were hotel rooms, conference center, a restaurant and bar, and a swimming pool. staff say this isn't just a structural loss. the entire community will be affected by what's happened here. as for the newlyweds, they have high hopes for the future. >> rocky wedding, fantastic marriage is the way we see it. >> reporter: not exactly a fairy tale wedding but hopefully happily ever after is in the future for the couple and for the lodge. alise hand, ctv news, white point, nova scotia. >> well, they certainly tried to make the best out of that. >> you know what? stuff like that i guess is going to happen. and you just make the -- as you say, the best of it. and we wish them a very happy, healthy marriage. >> absolutely. >> but you know, i mean, the resort i guess was planning renovations anyway. so it was going to be out of commission for a while. they didn't expect it would be in this fashion. oh, my gosh. and look who was among the firefighters. >> i guess i was helping. i was helping out. >> are you a volunteer firefighter? >> i'm not, but i should be. maybe i'll add that. >> yeah, you really should.
it would look good on the resume. >> it would. >> i think there are some other broadcasters here in new york who are volunteer firefighters. so i think you should be part of that. coming up, our polka maestro helps us find our inner nerd. >> and there's no better place to find it than at a bowling alley. that's next.
to many chris hardwick is known as a comedian, tv host, author. ask him, though, and he might simply say he's a nerd. >> that's right. "world news now" contributor barry mitchell took a break from the polka and spoke with hardwick at new york's bowlmor lanes about excelling in life like only a nerd can. >> defense! >> defense! >> all right. go around.
>> reporter: what is chris hardwick doing bowling? i mean, this is a busy guy. stand-up comedian, comic-con panel moderator. tv host of the series "web soup" on the g-4 channel, where he also contributes tech reviews to the series "attack of the show." has a top-rated podcast. and in his fortress of nerditude just wrote a self-help book that advocates for nerds everywhere. >> now entering nerdist.com. >> i like things. i want to celebrate those things. and the internet helps me build a community of people that also like those things. so yes, a lot of nerds like star trek, battlestar, dr. who in my case. but i don't have to like everything in the nerdverse to be considered a nerd. it's how passionate li you like those things. >> reporter: chris even geeked out over our recording equipment. >> i'm sorry. is that the 5d with the h4n? >> yeah, 60d with the h4n. >> reporter: in his book "the
neshdist way how to reach the next level in real life," chris gives practical advice for channeling yourself by improving your innate nerdiosity. >> there's a body section a mind section and a time section. it says to nerds you overthink things here's how you can get out of your way to accomplish stuff. because it was not acceptable to be a nerd when i was younger so i tried to push it all away in my 20s and my life went to crap. so in my early 30s i was like, i think i really need to get some of my stuff together. and the way that i did that was kind of tapping into that nerdy part of my brain, that ability to focus. and that's what i -- that's what i did. >> reporter: that's chris's dad, hall of fame professional bowler billy hardwick. chris grew up in the bowling center his dad still owns, all-star lanes in memphis. >> hardwick strike in the eighth frame. >> video games, yeah, i kind of -- i pushed my dad into having a -- what we would call a robust arcade in the bowling center. i sort of managed the arcade.
>> reporter: but a pro bowling career was not in the pins for chris hardwick. >> because i got obsessed with d & d and chess club. >> let's bowl. >> all right. ♪ >> i have one tip for you. >> okay. >> which we tell a lot of beginner bowlers. take up chess. >> that would be a nerd thing to do. >> you see the shadow -- >> i wouldn't be able to hit the chess pieces either. >> you see the shadows of the pins out there? ♪ the shadows of the pins ♪ the shadows >> what about them? >> aim for the shadows of the pins. and when you throw your ball, pretend like you're shaking hands with the pins. >> i'm shaking hands. >> better, better.
>> this is the brotherhood of nerds. >> shake hands with the pins. >> it's caveman. you're throwing a ball at sticks. it's so flintstonian. >> i think i like nerds. >> you like nerds? >> i think so. >> like the candy nerds? >> no, like the nerdy guys. i think it's cool. >> that book is actually in bookstores now. >> oh, look. look. see? >> my gosh. >> i like you, t.j. >> is that a cardigan? you know, the thing that i like about this book, actually, is that it tells you how to manage your nerd strengths and manage your time. and on a related note, my fantasy football team won on the backs of the green bay packers. so thank you. coming up, your chance to be an astronaut. >> we'll be right back. >> announcer: attention, those on medicare with diabetes. you may be eligible for an upgraded meter. >> if you're tired of stabbing your fingertips to test your blood glucose, we have news that could change your life.
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and now it's time for your "morning papers." i love this. you've got something. >> i certainly do. we've all heard of the movie "snakes on a plane." well, take a listen. a north carolina couple is actually suing airtran airways over some unruly passengers who bugged them during a flight. of course it's a play on words. they were cockroaches. the two claim their lawsuit is justified because they witnessed the cockroaches crawling out of air vents and carry-on compartments. they took pictures, as you can see, of the creepy crawlers. okay. so the pair are demanding more than $100,000 plus the price of their tickets in damages. they're suing for negligence and recklessness, intentional infliction of emotional distress, fraud, false imprisonment -- >> a lot of stuff. >> -- and unfair and deceptive trade practices. the lawsuit states, among other things -- you're an attorney. i mean, what do you think? does this have any legs or -- to stand on? >> it's not bad. it's not bad.
ah! it's not a bad lawsuit. okay? bottom line is maybe it will never go anywhere, it won't go to trial. but they may get some free air flights, you know, going on. airtran. maybe also on southwest. it is not terrible. and get this. one of the passengers that's suing is a lawyer. so he doesn't have to pay anybody to represent himself. >> there you go. >> it's going to happen. well, i've got a story out of the "huntville times." if you want to be an astronaut, nasa opens applications for a new class, which i think is incredible. we've got a new fleet of human spacecraft is in development by commercial companies to deliver crews to the international space station. so although we've heard so much reporting about how there aren't going to be any more, you know, u.s. -- the space shuttles, we now know that you can still be an astronaut. i think so many children dream to be astronauts. right? >> yeah. no, i mean, absolutely. i think i always wanted to be a fireman. >> that's a good one. >> i was afraid of heights. so that makes sense. i didn't want to be an astronaut. sure. sure. okay.
so this is from the "daily mail." and this is actually my favorite study of the morning. researchers find that women are overcome by the desire to gossip and can typically wait no longer than 32 minutes -- >> this is not true. >> -- 32 minutes before spilling the beans. depending who the gossip is about, their husband, mother, or best friend are most likely to be the initial recipients of the information. i've got to say. i think that when you tell a friend a piece of information, a piece of gossip, you have to expect if they're married especially that they're going to tell that other person. >> see, i disagree. i'll take things to the grave. i've got -- i've got tight lips. >> you do not tell your husband. >> no. >> well, that's the news for this half hour. catch our online surprises on facebook at wnnfans.com.
addressing the penn state sex abuse scandal. >> he says he's innocent of all the charges, and he even comments on those locker room showers with kids. it's tuesday november 15th. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> and i'm t.j. winick in for rob nelson. jerry sandusky is breaking his silence. he told nbc he admitted to "horsing around with boys," but he insists he never abused them. his attorney is also speaking out, saying sandusky is distraught over the case. we'll have all the latest details straight ahead. and it looks like another revered university is confronting its own sex abuse scandal. the president of the citadel is apologizing this morning for not reporting to police allegations against a camp counselor on campus. we have that story in a moment. and later, lightening the mood a little, we have an unbelievable story of love and
devotion. how far would you go to find your spouse's lost wedding ring? would you dig through the dump trash bag by trash bag? we'll bring you their story at the end of the half hour. but we begin with that breaking news out of penn state. former coach jerry sandusky admits to showering with young boys but says he's not a pedophile. >> the stunning admission comes on the same night sandusky's attorney says the former coach is "just a big, overgrown kid." wabc's jeff begaze brings us the dramatic developments. >> reporter: jerry sandusky, once revered on the penn state campus-s now widely condemned. in the week since his arrest the 40-count indictment against him tarnished a university, a football program, and a celebrated coach. sandusky is speaking out and answering the disturbing list of allegations with a denial. >> reporter: >> i say i am innocent of those charges. >> reporter: he spoke with nbc news in a phone interview that marks the first time he's publicly faced questions about the eight young boys he's
accused of abusing. >> i have horsed around with kids. i have showered after workouts. i have hugged them. and i have touched their leg without intent of sexual contact. >> reporter: according to the indictment, the charity sandusky founded helped him prey on young boys. the second mile became his focus when he abruptly retired from coaching at the age of 55. here he is in a 1999 interview with espn. >> i focused my time on putting together football camps for young kids. >> reporter: the president of the charity resigned. he's someone else who's been accused of not doing enough. meanwhile, sandusky is out on bail, awaiting his next court date, scheduled for december. >> are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys? >> am i sexually attracted to -- >> yes. >> -- underage boys? sexually attracted? i enjoy young people. i love to be around them.
i -- but no. i'm not sexually attracted to young boys. >> jerry was in the shower with this kid. the kid was messing around, having a good time. you had mcqueary come in and see that. he felt uncomfortable. >> reporter: and as jerry sandusky goes public, "the new york times" is reporting that ten additional victims have come forward since his arrest. and now police are working to confirm the new allegations. jeff pegaze, abc news in new york. >> i was at penn state the day after his arraignment and confronted him outside his house, and he told me he was under orders from his attorney not to speak. now we hear this interview. what do you think is happening as a former prosecutor in terms of their game plan now, you know, maybe going on the offensive? >> i think they're trying to take control of the situation, quite frankly, because typically defendants don't say anything. so his attorney gave him good advice. but this thing has gotten so big, right, t.y.?
i mean, it's spiral out of control. they're trying to do something to contain it. i don't think it worked. i think, you know, bob costas did such an incredible job interviewing him. i think now people are going to be piecing apart that telephone interview. i'm not sure that he should have done the phone interview. >> more damage than good perhaps. >> i think so. well, we are learning new details about similar sex abuse allegations at another college. the president of the citadel says more should have been done about accusations against an ex-counselor at the school's summer camp. wciv valencia wicker reports from charleston. >> reporter: a somber feeling took over the room as the citadel's president, lieutenant general john w. rosa revealed the details of a molestation allegation dating back to 2002. >> the individual stated that they watched pornography on reville's computer, they did not touch each other, but they engaged in sexual activity. >> reporter: the victim was attending summer camp at the college and was reportedly so
distraught it took him five years to come forward. the college interviewed camp staff, checked reville's personnel files, and tried to contact other individuals to verify the story, yet no calls were returned. >> and it's tearing this family apart. and the one thing they ask the citadel to do is don't allow any other children to be molested. >> reporter: according to a 2007 transcript of an interview with the victim and his family, the victim's mom said this -- "i never in my life want him to feel guilty or dirty or bad or he should have said something or he shouldn't have said something or he's getting sx inting someo trouble." >> what we're seeing now may never have happened. this fellow was a part of this community. he coached at schools all across charleston. and the victims are coming forward almost on a daily basis. and had the citadel reported him as the law required this community would have been on notice and there's a very good chance he would have never coached or taught in this area again. >> reporter: the president says
the college has turned over all information concerning this case to the charleston police. valencia wicker, abc news. >> and that appears to be just another case of a school not reporting a crime which they should have. and i think we know the department of education is investigating what happened at penn state. perhaps they'll be looking at the citadel as well. but it seems like some new regulations need to be written in. >> oh, no question. and the laws we have in place really need to be tightened at this point. universities need to know what they should do when confronted with a situation like this. some sort of protocol. >> yes, absolutely. now to another developing story. another crackdown on occupy protesters. you're looking at live pictures from new york city's zuccotti park. demonstrators were issued an eviction notice there overnight. they were told to pack up their tents and sleeping bags and leave. but they can return after the park is clean. hundreds of police in riot gear surrounded the park. there have been several arrests. now an amazing survival story from eastern north
carolina. last friday a car carrying a father and daughter went out of control and finally stopped upside down far off the road. the man died in the wreck but the girl, 9-year-old jordan landon, survived, eating pop tarts and drinking gatorade. she was finally found on sunday two, days after the crash. >> for a 9-year-old to do that is pretty heroic. i mean, she was able to keep herself calm. her family member next to her was obviously deceased. so that's a lot to deal with. plus being dark at night. >> we should mention that on saturday the girl mother also got in a car crash while searching for them. her wreck happened to be less than 100 feet from where little jordan was trapped, but no one saw the crushed car. two california sisters who were joined at the chest are preparing to leave the hospital. after a delicate and successful surgery for the first time the 2-year-olds will be placed in separate car seats and head home to separate beds. more from kgo's karina rusk. >> reporter: this is what a
medical miracle looks like. identical twins born conjoined and now being held in two sets of arms. >> i'm so touched because when they went up they said mama. >> reporter: jeana-day sabuco is holding her daughter angelina and an aunt is holding angelica. doctors at lucille packard children's hospital separated the twins, who shared a liver and diaphragm. >> we can go home now with their normal lives. and as normal children. >> reporter: this is video of the girls before surgery. for the first two years of their life they were limited by and dependent on each other for counterbalance. physical therapists are helping them relearn how to walk. >> initially, the first couple of days they were so used to walking sideways. so i had to help them facilitate a little bit better so that they're walking more towards toward mom or toward each other. >> reporter: doctors say the healing is ahead of schedule and the high-tech customized chest plates are working as planned.
the hospital released this video of the sabuco family sitting all together. angelina on mom's lap. angelica, the more talkative one, on dad fidel's lap. and proud brother vincent in the middle. doctors say they can go home to san jose in 24 to 48 hours. >> i cannot wait to see them playing, walking, and running. and with other children again. thank you very much. >> that's remarkable. >> it's just a -- just a heartwarming story. you know, we both have children. >> yes. >> and you know, to think at one moment that they may never have a normal life and then to have this incredible development because of this, you know, cutting-edge medicine is just fabulous. >> it really is. i mean, you want the best for your children. and they're off to a great start. >> that's right. well, here's your tuesday forecast. a stormy day for much of the gulf coast. 80-mile-an-hour winds, hail,
heavy rain, and isolated tornadoes around san antonio, houston, new orleans, and memphis. thunderstorms from nashville to cincinnati, mild with showers in the northeast. >> 60s from boston to baltimore. 84 in miami. upper 70s in dallas. 61 in kansas city. and 50 in oma. phoenix, a balmy 71 degrees. and sacramento 64. okay. now things are getting super serious at "dancing with the stars" ballroom. >> that's right. it was semifinal night last night with each of the final four contestants taking the dance floor three times. when it was all over, ricki lake and her partner came out in first place thanks in part to their first perfect score of the season. >> and rob kardashian goes into tonight's elimination? second place. j.r. martinez finds himself in third. and finally, it was hope solo in last place. someone gets ousted tonight. >> you know, good for rob kardashian. if you've ever watched that show "keeping up with the kardashians," they're always getting on him for not doing
enough with his life. >> exactly. >> he's making it happen here. >> he's doing pretty well. and how about j.r. martin snez certainly he's been the favorite all along. >> well, right. he's an inspirational guy. his story is fantastic. and he's not a bad dancer either. >> that's right. >> so i would have to say that he's the favorite, the country's favorite. but we'll see. >> i think so. and hope solo, i don't know -- >> she might have fallen out of favor. >> i think that's it for her. >> and there's been obviously the controversy with her partner as well this season. so there you have it. >> that's it. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ we know a place where tossing and turning
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>> that's right. angie varona was only 14 when her photos were hacked, turning her unwittingly into an internet sex symbol. abc's terry moran reports. >> reporter: it started four years ago with a mistake many teenagers make. 14-year-old angie varona took some suggestive pictures for her boyfriend and shared them with him on a website called photobucket. >> no one ever thinks yeah i'm going to take these pictures and it's going to end up all over the internet. >> reporter: but that's exactly what happened. angie says her photobucket account was hacked and suddenly hundreds of photos of the teenage girl in her underwear, bikini, and other revealing outfits were being shared in every corner of the internet. today she's one of the most recognizable figures online, against her will. if you search angie's name on google, you get 465,000 results and over 53,000 pictures. >> i know people who still send out pictures. and after knowing everything that's happened to me they still
say it can't happen to me, it's not going to happen to me. i don't want this to ever happen to anyone else. >> reporter: online angie has been a magnet for criticism, from accusations that she planned for the photos to be public all along to calling her names and in some cases much worse. >> that they're going to rape me when they see me because i want it and i asked for it. >> reporter: offline angie's life had turned into a nightmare. the photos were passed around her school, and she endured constant attacks from other students. >> everyone was saying how i'm going to become a porn star and how like i'm such a slut for doing that. >> reporter: angie's parents took her out of school and have supported her with love and understanding. >> at first you look at it and it's a porn site and you go, you know, this is horrible. then you have to pull away and say, well, it's a bathing suit picture. none of her pictures are any worse than you might see in victoria's secret. >> reporter: still, angie at times dealt with her turmoil by turning to drugs, alcohol, trying to run away. she put her parents through an
ordeal. >> because i wanted to feel loved. because i wasn't getting loved by anyone. it was always criticism. and i kind of took it out on them. and that's what hurts me the most. >> reporter: terry moran, abc news, miami. >> you know, it is a very sad story, a very tragic story. and certainly a cautionary tale for young people out there. angie's family did try and get police involved. they hired an attorney. they tried to get ahead of this thing. but the pictures just kept multiplying and that's the internet. >> that's the internet. it's the wild, wild west. right? you really can't police the internet. and i think you're right when you say it's a cautionary tale because the bottom line is kids need to understand once it's out there on the internet you really can't get rid of it. that digital i guess fingerprint is just always, always there. very sad story, but lesson learned. >> absolutely. absolutely. well, coming up, a man making a splash with an
♪ night fever, night fever notes. now to an amazing story of overcoming advrsty. shawn fits gibbons' right leg was amputated as a toddler. >> but that didn't slow him down. today he's an expert kayaker and surfer in florida. alan mcnamara of wfts has more. >> reporter: shawn fits gibbons feels at home on the water, especially when he's paddling. >> so much to see out here when paddling. >> reporter: in fact, he just got back from a 200-mile trip in lee yoint. >> we paddled down the river 38 miles, out to the tip of pine island, around pine island. >> reporter: he and jeff fabazuski completed the journey, a trip that st. petersburg lemon
brace helped make possible. it's a business he knows well. >> my mother was on a drug for morning sickness. i was born without the fibula in my right leg. >> reporter: shawn surprises a lot of people when he gets out of his yak. at the age of 3 his leg was am pew taitded. despite being different his family always pushed him. >> they did stuff to make me feel like i was part of everything, and they didn't baby me at all. >> reporter: as a kid he fell in love with surfing and today is a four-time national amputee champion. when he's not surfing you'll find him guiding tours for sweet water kayaks because he wants to share his love of the sport with others. >> survivors move on. victims get left behind. and as a survivor you have to own it. and you have to embrace what's going on with you and just move on with life. >> a great inspirational story. >> no question. we'll be right back. when i got my medicare card, i realized i needed an aarp... medicare supplement nsurance card, too. medicare is one of the great things about turning 65,
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and finally, our favorite story of the day. okay. there you go. i got it, right? >> that's right. >> call it mission impossible. this one is about a florida man who went beyond the call of duty to be a good husband. >> well, he found his wife's lost engagement ring. but before his wife could give him a hug, he had to shower first. wplg's kelly butler explains. >> reporter: brian and anna mcgwynn are all kisses and smiles now but they weren't when he accidentally threw her $10,000 engagement ring in the garbage. >> i remember her giving it to me after the -- in the shower with my disposable razor. and i just knew that i pitched it in. >> reporter: what brian did next tested the boundaries of true
love. after tracking down the garbage truck that picked up from their neighborhood, he headed here, to the wheelabraider dum eer dump pompano beach. >> the truck his ring was in carries approximately nine tons of garbage. if you think about that, that's more than a needle in a haystack. >> reporter: before brian headed inside the dump site he was given some items to keep him safe like this protective white suit, some goggles, a hard hat, gloves, and a mask. but unfortunately, there was nothing to protect him from the stench. >> when i walked in, i actually physically got ill when i first smelled it. >> reporter: still, brian persevered, knowing that his wife of five years would be crushed if he came home empty-handed. incredibly, after about an hour, he found his garbage bag. he then took off his gloves and rooted around in the sludge. >> i pulled it out and let out the biggest, happiest scream of my life. >> he's my hero for sure. >> reporter: the mcgwynn story
has made national headlines, and both tell us they learned something from this ordeal. he learned never to give up, even if the odds are stacked against you. and she learned never to take off her engagement ring. >> would you do that? >> yes. yes, i would. okay. so i have insurance on my wife's wedding ring. but you know, the first sentimental value. >> sentimental value. >> but he's kind of making us all look bad, right? >> yeah. my hubby better do that if that happens. >> she's pregnant and their son's due in three months. and i have the perfect name for him. hunter. what do you think? >> it's perfect. well, that's the news for this half h
abuse scandal breaks his silence. >> jerry sandusky professes his innocence, admitting only to horsing around with boys. it's tuesday november 15th. good morning. i'm sunny hostin. >> and i'm t.j. winick in for rob nelson. sandusky made those comments last night in a phone interview with nbc news, saying he may have taken showers with boys but nothing sexual happened. his attorney is also speaking out, saying he is worried about sandusky's well-being. >> also this morning the u.s. supreme court agreed to put parts of president obama's health care reform act under a legal microscope. we'll explain the significant decision over a sensitive campaign issue. >> and later this half hour, money is so tight for british royalty the queen is putting rooms in her palace up for rent. what a posh place for you to stay, but wait until you see the price tag.
but first, let's get straight to that breaking news. jerry sandusky admits to showering with boys but insists he's not a pedophile. >> yeah, the stunning admission comes as "the new york times" is reporting ten more alleged victims have now come forward. police are working to confirm their stories. abc's linsey davis has the latest on the new developments from state college. >> reporter: jerry sandusky is now denying charges that he's a pedophile. in a phone interview with nbc's bob costas. >> i say that i am innocent of those charges. >> innocent? completely innocent and falsely accused in every aspect? >> well, i could say that, you know, i have done some of those things. i have horsed around with kids. i have showered after workouts. i have hugged them and i have touched their leg. without intent of sexual contact.
>> jerry was in the shower with this kid. the kid was messing around, having a good time. you had mcqueary come in and see that. he felt uncomfortable. >> reporter: eight of those boys would become his alleged sex assault victims. boys who according to this former second mile participant thought sandusky was larger than life. >> somebody like coach sandusky, you know, was almost a god to me and a lot of kids growing up in pennsylvania. >> reporter: the charity's long-time ceo resigned over the weekend. the judge who set sandusky free on bail also has second mile connections. leslie dutchcot is a former volunteer and donor. now she's facing questions over why she set his bail at $100,000, just 1/5 of what prosecutors asked for. she also made it unsecured, meaning sandusky doesn't have to pay it unless he fails to show up for court. linsey davis, abc news, state college, pennsylvania. >> you know, you're a former prosecutor, and i think many folks in the public right now can't understand why jerry
sandusky is even free on bail. >> i can't understand it either. >> free to move around as he pleases. but i guess what i've learned is that there aren't many people except for in extreme cases where someone is denied bail. >> well, that's true, but i've -- in child sex cases, child sex crime cases i always ask for more than an unsecured bail. i think many people are just shocked that this happened because not only was it unsecured, there were no conditions of bail like stay away from children, you can't be next to an elementary school, turn in your passport, you can't leave the country, things like that. so i think everyone's shocked. i certainly am. >> absolutely. well, more on that story to come. now to a developing story. another crackdown on occupy protesters. you're looking live at pictures from new york city's zuccotti park. demonstrators were issued an eviction notice there overnight. they were told by the mayor's office to take down their tents and tarps and leave. police in riot gear surrounded the park.
so far there have been no clashes. and seven weeks from today the iowa caucuses will begin to decide who among the republican contenders will face president obama in the general election. >> that's right. herman cain will be in iowa today as he tries to put those sexual harassment accusations behind him. for more we're joined from washington by abc's karen travers. good morning, karen. >> reporter: good morning, sunny. good morning, t.j. the sexual harassment allegations against herman cain just won't go away. two weeks ago the story was first reported. and now his wife, gloria, is breaking her silence and defending her husband's character. in an interview with greta van susteren airing on fox news gloria cain defends her husband against the accusations of sexual harassment. >> he totally respects women. >> reporter: there are four women that say that cain sexually harassed them when he was the head of the national restaurant association in the 1990s. >> he suddenly reached over, and
he put his hand on my leg, under my skirt. >> that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman, and i know that's not the person he is. >> reporter: the sexual harassment scandal may be keeping the focus off of concerns that cain doesn't have a firm grasp of the issues. in wisconsin he got tripped up when asked whether he agreed with president obama on libya. >> okay. libya. um. no. that's a different one. i've got all this stuff twirling around in my head. >> reporter: in october the former pizza mogul was neck and neck with mitt romney. but a new cnn poll shows he's dropped 11 points. he now trails a surging newt gingrich. cain's run an unorthodox campaign, but he may now be realizing he needs to put in the time in the key early voting states. he'll make two stops in iowa this week. that's his first visit there in nearly a month.
t.j. and sunny? >> i don't know. you get the feeling that cain's wife now out on the campaign trail may be too little too late to stop some of the bleeding from his campaign. >> i think that's right. but what's interesting is that a new poll from bloomberg just out shows cain, paul, romney, gingrich in a statistical tie with cain still showing this razor-thin edge. i'm surprised that this scandal really hasn't hurt him as much as i think many of us thought it would. >> and even as you said if his poll numbers have softened a little bit, it's been newt gingrich who many people thought was going to be out of this race a long time ago who's now gaining some ground in and is now really battling romney in some polls for the lead. it's such an interesting ra. >> it certainly is. well, the supreme court has agreed to hear a challenge to president obama's controversial health care overhaul. and the ruling on whether or not the law constitutional is expected just as the 2012 presidential race shifts into high gear. here's abc's jake tapper. >> reporter: it has been a
tumultuous journey for the president's health care law. from the passions of opponents in the august 2009 congressional town halls. >> if they're going to -- >> none of you have done a darn thing. >> reporter: to unanimous republican opposition in congress. >> we're going to do everything that we can to make sure that obamacare ever, never, ever is fully implemented. >> reporter: and now to the serene but momentous u.s. supreme court, which will host a staggering 5 1/2 hours of oral arguments in march. and in june the court will either uphold or strike down a key part of the law. just five months before the presidential election. at issue, a provision of the law known as the individual mandate, which requires every uninsured american to buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. >> you can't be a free rider on everybody else. you can't not have health insurance, then go to the emergency room, and each of us now have to pay the premiums for you. >> reporter: lawyers representing 26 states say the federal government has no right to tell people what to buy.
the health care law is tremendously unpopular, with a new high of 51% of americans viewing it unfavorably and a new low of 34% approving of it. as for the possible political ramifications of this decision that could be handed down in june in the throes of the presidential election campaign season, white house officials say they are confident that the supreme court will uphold the constitutionality of the health care law. but they say with some positive spin if the court does strike down the law they say it will rally the base, get democrats to the polls, get them something to fight for in the november election. jake tapper, abc news, traveling with the president in honolulu, hawaii. >> we'll keep an eye on that. well, here's a look at your weather. severe weather from san antonio to jackson, mississippi. and that also brings hail, dangerous winds, and flash flooding to houston -- from houston to memphis. thunderstorms from st. louis to cincinnati and showers from d.c. to boston.
>> 65 here in new york. 72 in atlanta. and 82 in new orleans. mostly 60s from kansas city to detroit. just 31 degrees in billings. and 36 in fargo. seattle hits 44. salt lake city 49. and albuquerque 56. one of the casualties of this bad economy, our pets. more and more are being abandoned because quite frankly people can't afford to take care of them. but never fear. some folks are coming to the rescue with a high-flying solution. >> that's right. it's a group called the pilots and paws, which collects dogs and cats from overcrowded shelters and flies the four-legged furry friends directly to the places where people can adopt them. the pilots spend their own money and use their own small planes to move the animals around. >> and often the trips can cost pilots hundreds of dollars in fuel. but they all say it's more than worth it. there's good in the world. >> you know what? i think it's a great thing. and after katrina, you know, after a lot of these natural disasters, joplin, you always
hear about these folks doing great work. >> doing the right thing. >> and you know, obviously the important things are taken care of on the ground with getting the people moved and where they need to be. but you know, the pets are part of the family as well. >> no question. >> and a lot of them are left without owners, unfortunately. >> right. >> it's good work. >> it is good work. we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ come fly with me ♪ let's fly, let's fly away ♪ let me tell you about a very important phone call i made.
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americans will join the already 6 million who suffer from heart failure. >> but has a miracle cure been discovered? here's abc's chief health and medical editor dr. richard besser with more on stem cells. >> yeah. >> reporter: a heart that can heal itself. a dream of medicine that may now be closer to reality. two years ago mike jones' heart muscle was dying. damaged by a massive heart attack. he couldn't even climb a flight of stairs. now -- >> i'll walk up two flights of stairs instead of taking the elevator. i can pitch with my grandkids. you know, play ball with them. >> reporter: mike, 68 years old, was the first patient to receive a revolutionary treatment. heart cells were removed from his body during bypass surgery. then in the lab heart stem cells were grown. remember, stem cells can develop into any kind of cell. these stem cells were injected back into his heart's blood supply, where they began to grow heart muscle. the study, done in part at university of louisville, kentucky, was small. just 16 patients.
and was done just to see if the procedure was safe. the surprise? not only was it safe. it worked. >> it's remarkable that the very first time we tested him we are seeing such a dramatic effect. >> reporter: before the stem cell treatment mike's heart was barely able to contract and pump blood. a year later you can see mike's heart is leaner, more robust, pumping 40% more blood than before. and now it's up by 60%. >> it would be the biggest advance in cardiology in my lifetime. >> if you think about it, how much more natural can it be for your body to heal itself? that's what's so beautiful about this. this thing is just so beautifully simple. the heart heals itself. it's nature's way of doing things. >> reporter: before heart stem cells would be licensed for use, they have to go through additional studies to see how many stem cells patients need, whether patients live longer receiving this treatment. but this is very encouraging news. dr. richard besser, abc news, new york. >> that was remarkable.
i mean, did you see the before and after? >> it really was like night and day. >> he's playing field hockey. >> you can always tell when dr. besser really believes in something. and strong reporting and a great piece. and also interesting is that you know, the catholic church of course has been against embryonic stem cell research in the past in the united states. but actually just last week the vatican council announced a five-year, $1 million partnership with adult stem cell biopharmaceutical firms. and so it appears that even they are on board with this and see the benefits. >> well, it really is remarkable. >> yeah. it's a great story. so coming up, who impresses the judges last night on "dancing with the stars"? >> and the performer who got busted for fake playing the flute. next in "the skinny." flute. next in "the skinny."
>> yeah, i'm going to give you a little play by play. all right. ricki lake and derek came out on top after receiving her first perfect score, ending with a total of 67. 70. still the crowd cheers him on the whole way through. rob kardashian and cheryl burke's bubbly samba also brought the ballroom audience to its feet. and this time the judges were in enthusiastic agreement. he scored a total 65 out of 70. j.r. martinez and karina smirnoff had a bit of a setback. that's because he twisted his ankle during practice and then again during his first dance. after his second dance he appeared to be in a lot of pain. and then hope and maks, who you saw just there, came in last place. she suffered some shoulder pain, i'm sad to report, during rehearsals but kept a positive attitude, saying after the second dance, "maks was smiling. this is my partner. finally we're happy." >> who do you think's getting tossed? >> you know, i'm going to have to go with hope. >> yeah. >> i'm going to have to go with hope. >> it's hope.
i'm convinced, too. >> i don't have hope. >> but we'll see. now, tamara mellon leaves jimmy choo. she founded it, right? with jimmy choo. however, she's walking off with 85 million pounds in her bag. 85 million pounds. just for shoes. i love jimmy choo shoes. i love a lot of shoes. but what's interesting is they're saying that now the brand is going to change. reports suggest that some insiders at the brand think the label's becoming a little too mainstream and they may really lux it up a bit. so we'll see what happens with jimmy choo in the future. >> i'll tell you, that 85 million pounds will buy a lot of shoes, though. >> i wish i would have invented something like that. >> yeah. well, we all love katy perry here on "world news now." i mean, she's very talented. singer and dancer. but she's no jethro tull. let's put it that way. we've all seen lip-syncing disasters happen on stage. well, how about flute syncing? not so much. so you can imagine the
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♪ finally, the london olympics start in about eight months. and if you haven't rented a flat yet, we might have found a place for you to crash. >> that's right. because just like other londoners -- yeah, right. the queen of england is renting out her place. how much will it cost to live like a royal? here's abc's nick watt. >> reporter: this is the oldest palace in this antique city. and we were given an exclusive tour. >> when you see all this gold, it is gold. >> reporter: built nearly 500 years ago by a besotted king for his lovely queen before he chopped her head off. on a lighter note, kate and william announced their engagement here. but this is a tale of lifestyles of the rich and frugal.
>> the queen is very frugal. and there's a sort of myth that's built up that she walks around the palace at certain times of the day switching off lights. >> reporter: her utility bill not just 2 million bucks. she's already ditched the royal yacht and the royal train. but they still need cash to repair their crumbling grandeur. >> buckingham palace is falling to pieces. >> reporter: so the queen's throwing open the doors of st. james's palace to corporate schmoozers for a rumored $50,000 a day. >> anyone who's ever been anyone has passed through these rooms. >> reporter: the closest olympic venue is beach volleyball round the corner. i'm not kidding. but there is a line the queen won't cross. she won't take lodgers at buckingham palace. >> not going to see any paying guests moving into buckingham palace at all. no matter how much money they've got. >> reporter: thank goodness. a whiff of royal mystique remains. nick watt, abc news, london. >> now, you see, i studied in london, and i had a flat.
but it didn't look anything like that. >> $50,000 for a room. >> i certainly didn't pay $50,000. >> i think it might be nice to have a super bowl party in one of those rooms. >> oh, look. >> look at that. >> i love my hat. >> i need something to sit on. i think i'm riding a little low there. well, that is the news for this half hour. please don't miss our updates on facebook at wnnfans.com. >> and catch our tweets on twitter. stay in touch online and on the air. >> announcer: more insomniacs get their news from "world news now" than from any other source.